I chose this scene, because the selflessness and kindness of a stranger is very touching.
My feet hurt so bad that I can't even feel them! When will this ever end?!
A Place to Rest
The boys came upon a hut that was on the sand, and walked inside.
Ishmael, Alhaji, Saidu, Kanei, Jumah, Musa, and Moriba were chased out of a village. The sun was in the middle of the sky, it was over 120 degrees, and they were barefoot. There were no trees to provide shade, and the wet sand by the ocean was too deep to walk on. They walked on the burning sand for hours. They cried from the pain until they had no more tears to cry.
A Selfless Man
Oh my goodness! These poor children! I must help them!
This scene is important to the novel, because it shows that even in times of war and terror, people just want to help one another. It affects the plot, by providing a quick break from the violence, and shows that people are still human. The scene affects Ishmael by showing him that not everyone is as bad as he thinks.
Relief at Last
The boys cried silently and hesitantly inspected their unrecognizable feet. They were holding their knees so that their feet wouldn't touch the ground.
A Soothing Remedy
I wish I could be that man. He is just so happy and content with his life.
The man whose hut the boys were in stopped at the doorway. He was about to turn away, when he saw how badly the boys were suffering. He shook his head and left.
The man returned, carrying a basket full of some type of grass. He quietly made a fire and heated the grasses. Then he placed them under each of the boys hanging feet. The steam rose to their soles, and it gradually lessened the pain.
The man led the boys to an inlet by the Atlantic Ocean and instructed them to "put you foot nah de wahter, make de salt wahter soakam." The salt water was good for healing and the pain and preventing tetanus.